Report: Fox Sports hire Greg Olsen to become future NFL game analyst

By Matt Johnson
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Olsen will be spending his Sundays with the Seattle Seahawks during the 2020 NFL season, but the iconic tight end might already have his plans set for 2021. When he hangs up the cleats, Olsen will become a featured game analyst for FOX Sports’ NFL coverage.

Fox Sports hires Greg Olsen to become future NFL game analyst

Olsen, entering his age-35 season, is set to enter his 14th year in the league. After drawing interest from ESPN and FOX during the 2019 season, Olsen is now set to join FOX Sports when his playing career ends, which could come after the 2020 season.

According to the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, FOX has inked Olsen to a contract to make him its No. 2 game analyst following his playing career. Once he steps off the field, Olsen will join Kevin Burkhardt in the booth and follow the path set by Tony Romo and many other former players.

FOX’s No. 2 spot opened up when Charles Davis left the network for CBS’s NFL broadcast team. Given Olsen’s age, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he took on the new role for the 2021 NFL season.

The decision by FOX reflects a changing landscape in NFL media with networks now looking to scoop up engaging, beloved former players before they even retire. Earlier this offseason, NBC agreed to a deal with Drew Brees that could make him their game analyst whenever he retires.

Meanwhile, ESPN seemingly continues to keep missing out on analysts to join the Monday Night Football booth. The network missed out on Tony Romo and Peyton Manning and could now go with Kirk Herbstreit.